Epson Stylus Photo 895
Colour inkjet printer
Review As digital cameras are replacing their film counterparts, photographers are being forced to use PCs to view and print their images. Epson has come up with a solution enabling PC-phobes to output images without ever touching a computer.
The Epson Stylus 895's integrated adapter means you can take the memory card from any CompactFlash-compatible camera and plug it into the printer. If you want to see the images first, however, you will need to buy the optional colour LCD preview screen.
The 895 also features Print Image Matching technology, which works with a variety of digital cameras. This Epson innovation checks that the final print is as faithful to the original as possible.
However, the Photo 895 isn't fast and even in Economy mode it struggles to 4.9ppm (pages per minute); this drops to 2.1ppm in Standard mode. But it isn't designed for text printing and A4 photographs see an improvement, with standard-quality prints taking 30 seconds.
It will print at 2880dpi (dots per inch) when using glossy paper, although it takes over 12 minutes to complete a print. With six colour cartridges, print quality is excellent and the edge-to-edge printing is a bonus.
The Stylus 895 isn't the cheapest or the fastest printer available, but the excellent image quality, colour matching and ultra-convenient card adapter lift it to the top of the pile for printing out photos and pictures. ®
Contact: 0800 220 546
Speed: 4.9ppm mono, 2.7ppm
Max res: 2880dpi
Supplies cost: black cartridge, £13.77 (good for 540 pages); colour cartridge £11.15 (220 pages)
Build quality: 8
All details correct at time of publication.
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